Tick Bite

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Definition:

  • A tick (small brown bug) is attached to the skin
  • A tick was removed from the skin

Symptoms

  • The tick bite does not cause pain or itch. So, ticks may not be noticed for a few days.
  • After feeding on blood, ticks get quite swollen and easy to see.
  • Ticks fall off on their own after sucking blood for 3 to 6 days.

Causes

  • The wood tick (dog tick) is the size of a watermelon seed. Sometimes, it can pass on Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Colorado tick fever.
  • The deer tick is between the size of a pinhead and an apple seed. Sometimes, it can pass on Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease

  • The risk of Lyme disease after a deer tick bite is low. Even in a high risk area, the risk is only about 1.4%.
  • Almost all infections start with a bull’s eye rash (called erythema migrans). The rash starts at the site of the tick bite. Treatment of erythema migrans with 14 days of an antibiotic is advised. This almost always prevents the development of later stages of Lyme Disease. Arthritis, heart disease and neurologic disease can occur with untreated Lyme Disease.
  • Giving antibiotics after deer tick bites to prevent Lyme disease is not advised.

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